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DailyDirt: How To Forget (When You Want To)

The movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is based on a fictional technology that allows people to selectively forget events in their life that they don't want to remember. While that whole movie was dedicated to erasing memories, memory loss ... [Published Techdirt - 1 hour ago]
Entities: Memory, Xenon, Memory Loss
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Google Bans Disconnect.me App From Play Store Based On Vague Guidelines

Having had our own run ins with Google's opaque (and often hypocritical) decision-making process at times, it's not surprising (though unfortunate) to hear of yet another case. The folks over at Disconnect.me have been working on tools to give people ... [Published Techdirt - 2 hours ago]
First reported 3 hours ago - Updated 3 hours ago - 1 reports

Blunders By Convicted 'Fast And Furious 6' Cammer Made It Easy To Track Him Down

Back in May last year, Techdirt wrote about how the UK police worked in worryingly-close collaboration with the local anti-piracy group, FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), effectively becoming its private enforcement squad. As we noted recently ... [Published Techdirt - 3 hours ago]
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You Can't Be Fired For 'Liking' A Colleague Calling Your Bosses 'Assholes' On Facebook

A couple of years ago, we wrote about a rather troubling legal ruling in which a court declared that Facebook "likes" aren't a First Amendment protected expression . The ruling made little sense. It involved some employees of a local sheriff getting ... [Published Techdirt - 4 hours ago]
First reported 5 hours ago - Updated 5 hours ago - 1 reports

Why Is Huffington Post Running A Multi-Part Series To Promote The Lies Of A Guy Who Pretended To Invent Email?

I thought this story had ended a few years ago. Back in 2012, we wrote about how The Washington Post and some other big name media outlets were claiming that a guy named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai had "invented email" in 1978. The problem was that it wasn't ... [Published Techdirt - 5 hours ago]
First reported 6 hours ago - Updated 6 hours ago - 1 reports

The Brett Kimberlin Saga: A Story Of Wacko Vexatious Lawsuits

For years we've been paying somewhat loose attention to the saga involving Brett Kimberlin and his ongoing lawsuits against bloggers. The story was complex and convoluted from the beginning, and only got more so over time. In fact, it got so confusing ... [Published Techdirt - 6 hours ago]
First reported 8 hours ago - Updated 8 hours ago - 1 reports

Ferguson Debacle Results In Armored Vehicles Being Removed From Two California Police Departments

Today's militarized policeman often feels naked without the protection of mine-resistant vehicles, despite very little evidence that such vehicles are necessary to handle the deadly ( or is it ?) rigors of police work. Citizens, however, aren't so sure ... [Published Techdirt - 8 hours ago]
First reported 9 hours ago - Updated 9 hours ago - 1 reports

City Of London Police Issue Vague, Idiotic Warning To Registrars That They're Engaged In Criminal Behavior Because It Says So

This was mentioned briefly in our recent post about EasyDNS changing how it deals with online pharmacies, but it's still dealing with bizarre requests from the City of London Police . As we've been detailing, the City of London Police seem to think ... [Published Techdirt - 9 hours ago]
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Iranian Grand Ayatollah Issues Fatwa Against 'Immoral' High-Speed Internet Connections

Iran continues to battle the Internet, recognizing the fact that an unfiltered exchange of ideas (some of them admittedly often horrifically bad) tends to undermine repressive regimes. While the President and the Minister of Communications have stressed ... [Published Techdirt - 10 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

No, Microsoft Is Not Suddenly 'Defying' A Court Order To Turn Over Emails

A very stupid story broke out over the weekend and got some buzz after some people read way too much into some legal maneuvering. As you may recall, back in April a court ruled that Microsoft had to hand over email data stored in Ireland based on a ... [Published Techdirt - 12 hours ago]
First reported 14 hours ago - Updated 14 hours ago - 1 reports

Indian Media Giant's New Policy For Employees: Hand Over Your Social Media Passwords

Over the last half a decade, Techdirt has written a number of times about employers seeking the right to ask for the social media passwords of their employees . But a story on the Quartz Web site suggests that India's largest media conglomerate ... [Published Techdirt - 14 hours ago]
First reported Sep 01 2014 - Updated Sep 01 2014 - 1 reports

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Since we're taking the day off for Labor Day today, we pushed our usual weekend posts out a bit, so this is appearing here on Monday . This week we wrote about a crazy law proposed by Rep. Mike Honda that would make merely possessing or buying "body ... [Published Techdirt - Sep 01 2014]
Entities: Mike Honda, Lexmark, Piracy

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...The email Google sent doesn't provide many details, other than saying that the Disconnect.me app "interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner." Now, you can understand the basic rationale for why this term is in Google's rules -- the intent there is to block malicious activities...
...Weber, Ayyadurai and his friends try to counter the "it's a copyright, not a patent claim with an incredibly misleading response. Here's Michelson:"
...he intended to keep bringing new legal actions to tie everyone up in court (Kimberlin, in the past has allegedly made similar threats , saying, "I have filed over a hundred lawsuits and another one will be no sweat for me. On the other hand, it will cost you a lot of time and money and for what" in an email to another blogger (who posted the email). Here's what Kimberlin told Weigel:
"I am opposed to the investments that are made and then the results of those investments flowed back to our community in ways that may not hurt our community in a physical sense by are destructive in terms of not increasing our security but increasing our anxiety." Councilman Robb Davis said at a council meeting Tuesday...

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DailyDirt: How To Forget (When You Want To) [Published Techdirt - 1 hour ago]
The movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is based on a fictional technology that allows people to selectively forget events in their life that they don't want to remember. While that whole movie was dedicated to erasing memories, memory loss ...
Google Bans Disconnect.me App From Play Store B... [Published Techdirt - 2 hours ago]
Having had our own run ins with Google's opaque (and often hypocritical) decision-making process at times, it's not surprising (though unfortunate) to hear of yet another case. The folks over at Disconnect.me have been working on tools to give people ...
Blunders By Convicted 'Fast And Furious 6' Camm... [Published Techdirt - 3 hours ago]
Back in May last year, Techdirt wrote about how the UK police worked in worryingly-close collaboration with the local anti-piracy group, FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), effectively becoming its private enforcement squad. As we noted recently ...
You Can't Be Fired For 'Liking' A Colleague Cal... [Published Techdirt - 4 hours ago]
A couple of years ago, we wrote about a rather troubling legal ruling in which a court declared that Facebook "likes" aren't a First Amendment protected expression . The ruling made little sense. It involved some employees of a local sheriff getting ...
Why Is Huffington Post Running A Multi-Part Ser... [Published Techdirt - 5 hours ago]
I thought this story had ended a few years ago. Back in 2012, we wrote about how The Washington Post and some other big name media outlets were claiming that a guy named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai had "invented email" in 1978. The problem was that it wasn't ...
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